Author Archives: Andrew Brandt

  1. Single Serving: Carroll – Bad Water

    “Bad Water,” the first single from Carroll’s forthcoming debut record, recalls the dreaminess of Wild Nothing and the ease of Real Estate. Steeped in longing synths and familiar guitars, the track fits as comfortably as your favorite fall sweater and sounds as pretty as the leaves look when their colors start to run. Honestly, there’s Continue…

    Carroll's "Bad Water" fits as comfortably as your favorite fall sweater and sounds as pretty as the leaves look when their colors start to run.

  2. Single Serving: Sheer Mag – What You Want

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    Sheer Mag is a spanking new band out of Philly whose music sounds like its forty years old. Their debut single, “What You Want,” is a scrappy song bolstered by fuzzy guitars and an even fuzzier vocal performance—a carefree three and a half minutes that finds the perfect balance between power and pop. While nothing Continue…

  3. Interview: Salt Cathedral

    Last month, the ever-shifting and always-working Salt Cathedral put out their latest EP, OOM VELT, a collection of songs that at once restricts their palate and broadens their sound. To celebrate the release, I chatted with founding member Nicolas Losada about his upbringing in Colombia, mixtapes and his experiences in Japan. This is an edited Continue…

  4. Single Serving: Field Report – “Marigolden”

    The best songs are the ones that unravel themselves with each repeated listen. “Marigolden,” the latest single from Field Report’s upcoming, fantastic sophomore effort, is one of those songs. Frontman Chris Porterfield told the A.V. Club the track’s title refers “to a state of sharing characteristics of a marigold, which is a brutish flower found Continue…

  5. Single Serving: Young Jesus – “G”

    Before there was Yeezus, there was—both in theory and in actuality—Young Jesus, a band that’s been bumming around the Chicago area since 2009. The five-piece quietly released their overflowing debut, Home, in 2012 and has (until now) been spending their time crafting a follow-up record, the recently-announced Growl/Decompose. “G,” an enormous, catchy tale about a Continue…

  6. Single Serving: Spookyland – Rock and Roll Weakling

    Spooklyand hails from the land Down Under, and his music shows it. “Rock and Roll Weakling,” the 22 year-old Sydney native’s latest, is a song saturated in loss, best enjoyed with a tall glass of something dark in front of you. But it isn’t just Spookyland’s words that are potent. The way he delivers the Continue…

  7. Single Serving: SW/MM/NG – “All I Want”

    Fold up your beach towels, put your trunks in a box and return your neighbor’s missing grill: summer is over. But don’t fret! Fayetteville, AR scenesters SW/MM/NG are just as bummed as you are, and they’ve penned a necessary gut-punch to get us back into our fall routines. “All I Want,” a standout track from Continue…

  8. Single Serving: The Twilight Sad – There’s a Girl in the Corner

    There are few acts that exist in a perpetual state of sadness quite like The Twilight Sad; for a simple comparison, they make their also-sad-and-also-Scottish peers Frightened Rabbit and We Were Promised Jetpacks sound like Bobby McFerrin hopped up on Pharrell’s latest single. But like Eeyore and Charlie Brown, The Twilight Sad’s reliable melancholy is Continue…

  9. Single Serving: Caribou – Our Love

    In no way has this summer been the summer of Caribou, but it has been a summer bookended by Caribou. Back in June, the Canadian producer dropped the first single from his forthcoming Our Love, and now, as August comes to a close, he’s released the album’s equally restrained title track. “Our Love” is a Continue…

  10. Single Serving: Eliot Sumner – “Information”

    Eliot Sumner, AKA I Blame Coco, AKA Sting’s daughter, is officially climbing the branches of her family’s tree. “Information,” the sprawling seven-minute title track off of her recently released EP, is a callback to classic-era the Killers and a time when U2’s latest single wouldn’t compel you to roll your eyes. With its big synth Continue…

  11. Single Serving: Mr Twin Sister – Blush

    If you thought the band formerly known as Twin Sister couldn’t get any dreamier—or, strangely, more formal—have we got news for you. Last week, the newly named Mr Twin Sister unleashed the floaty “Blush,” a sure-to-be-stand-out from their forthcoming self-titled record. The song finds the band perched atop a higher cloud than they’ve ever been, Continue…

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